Whirlpool Washer Starts to Spin Then Stops (Fixed)

One of the most frustrating things a person can experience is a malfunctioning washing machine. It’s especially frustrating if the washing machine stops mid-cycle, leaving you confused and your clothes soaked.

If your Whirlpool washing machine starts the spin cycle and then stops, the laundry load in the machine is imbalanced. The washing machine stops the spin cycle when it is overloaded or imbalanced to prevent damage to the internal components of the washer.

In the paragraphs below, I’ll explain more about this issue, including what factors cause it and how to troubleshoot it. I’ll also give you a few preventative steps to ensure the problem doesn’t happen again.

stopped whirlpool washer

Why Does This Happen?

This stoppage mid-cycle is not an error. It is a feature that prevents damage to the pulleys and belts inside the washing machine. It’s prevalent in many modern washing machines, not just Whirlpools. 

It may seem counterintuitive, but the washing machine shutting itself off is beneficial to the consumer in the long run. It minimizes wear and tear caused by overload or imbalance and prevents significant failure of critical components.

If the washer continued to run with an imbalanced load or overloaded drum, it would inevitably damage the internal parts of the washing machine. This would expose the belts and pulleys inside the washing machine to significant potential damage. 

The spin cycle turns the drum of the washing machine at such great speed that any imbalance will throw the drum off its axis and cause it to spin uncontrollably. A drum that spins uncontrolled at very high speeds will destroy the interior of any washing machine.

The internals of the washing machine are much more expensive and difficult to repair than any other part. They will require a professional to repair, which can be very expensive. The washing machine is saving you money by shutting itself off before any damage occurs.

How to Fix It

The solution to this issue is straightforward. To coax your whirlpool washing machine into staying on through the spin cycle, don’t overload it. Wash smaller loads of laundry at a time.

Another easy fix is to be vigilant about how you place laundry into your washing machine. If you put all the laundry on one side of the drum, it will cause the drum to spin unbalanced.

This imbalance will cause the drum to spin erratically. A washing machine that continues to spin with an imbalanced load will damage itself and cost you a lot of money in repairs.

This is why it is essential to load laundry into the washing machine at an even level. Make sure the clothes are loaded into the drum uniformly. If the clothes are packed all on one side, your washing machine will stop during the spin cycle to protect itself from damage. 

This can be a hard rule to follow if you have a large family. But it is imperative if you want your washing machine to finish its cycles effectively. It may be time-consuming and tedious, but it is one way to keep your washing machine running correctly.

Properly loading your laundry into the drum of the washing machine will keep the drum from spinning erratically and running smoothly throughout the entire wash cycle. This will prevent it from shutting itself off during the spin cycle.

Though this solution seems overly simple, it is a highly effective way to keep your whirlpool washing machine from stopping during the spin cycle. As I said above, the washing machine stops itself to prevent damage. If a load of laundry is small and adequately balanced within the drum, the washing machine will not stop during the spin cycle because there will be no potential for damage.

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Preventative Measures

To keep this from happening in the future, you can follow the instructions above about loading the washing machine in a manner conducive to a smooth running wash and spin cycle. 

heavy items in washer

Other preventative measures you can take are washing heavy items of clothing with standard loads. For example, if you wash an entire load of just towels, blankets, or sweatshirts, this will result in an overly heavy load that will stop the spin cycle.

Instead, you should mix one or two towels or sweatshirts into an average load of laundry. This will add some weight, but not enough to cause the washer to stop the spin cycle.

Large and bulky items like blankets or comforters should be washed by themselves. A laundry load that includes regular clothes and a large blanket will undoubtedly cause the washing machine to stop in the middle of the spin cycle to prevent damage to the washing machine.

Wash only a few heavy items at a time. Mix in a towel or two with regular clothes and wash large blankets themselves. These preventative measures will keep your Whirlpool washing machine running smoothly throughout the cycle.

Reset Your Washing Machine 

Sometimes, when the machine stops working, you may also receive an error code on the screen. 

To reset your washing machine, follow these steps: 

  1. Turn off the machine. Depending on the model, you may need to press a button or turn a knob. 
  2. Unplug the machine from the wall outlet. 
  3. Wait a few minutes.
  4. Plug the machine back into the outlet. 
  5. Wait at least one minute before turning the machine back on. 

If resetting your machine doesn’t resolve the problem, contact a professional. The machine may have sustained damage that needs to be repaired. 

whirlpool washer dial

If you see a code 5d on your machine, read my guide about the issue. I’ll discuss what code 5d means and how you can repair it. 


When your washing machine shuts off mid-cycle, it will send your mind racing. You’re wondering what you did wrong and how you can fix the problem. Luckily the solution to this problem is straightforward.

If your Whirlpool washing machine starts to spin and then stops, check the load of laundry to ensure it is evenly distributed, and take some clothes out to lighten the load. The washing machine stops because the load is too heavy or imbalanced. Luckily this issue is easily fixed.